By Marjorie F.B. Lemmon, ARM, CPCU, CRM, URMIA President and Risk Manager at Yale University.
As I mentioned to those of you who attended the URMIA Annual Conference
in Louisville, I am honored and humbled to serve as the president of
this incredible organization. I know I have very big shoes to fill as I
am tasked with replacing Anita Ingram (who, by the way, was recently
honored as one of Business Insurance Magazine’s
“25 Women to
Watch” at a wonderful women’s leadership conference in New York City
that Jenny Whittington and I were privileged to attend), but I truly
feel that, because of the quality of our National Office staff, our Executive Committee, our Board of Directors, our committee chairs, and
our entire membership, we shall all succeed together. What a privilege
it is to be associated with URMIA and with all of you.
By Kim Vansell, Director, National Center for Campus Public Safety
By Luke Zimmer, Communications and Community Coordinator for URMIA and URMIA
As the end of the year approaches, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our 2014 Insights
contributors and provide a recap of the topics and ideas they brought to URMIA this year. Insights
would not be successful without the support of our members, contributors, and partners.
I am honored to introduce URMIA to the National Center for Campus Public Safety.
Established in 2013, the Center is a resource for campus police
chiefs, directors of public safety, emergency managers, and key campus
safety stakeholders, including college and university risk managers.
With this in mind, the Center will be a catalyst that brings together
all forms of campus public safety, professional associations, advocacy
organizations, community leaders, and others to improve and expand
services to those who are charged with providing a safe environment on
the campuses of the nation’s colleges and universities.
By Howard N. Apsan, Ph.D., Director of Environmental, Health, Safety, and Risk Management for The City University of New York.
“The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that's the way to bet.” - Damon Runyon
Over the course of my career, I’m pleased to say that I was seldom
asked to opine on the odds of getting caught by the government for
violating the law. And on those rare occasions, I have always advised
against incorporating such thinking into any risk analysis.
Nevertheless, it’s a calculus that we all make more often than we would
like to admit. Take driving, for example. I’m only driving a few
miles-per-hour above the posted limit; what’s the chance that I’ll be
pulled over? My boss--or spouse, or broker--is calling me; what’s the
chance that a police officer will see me driving with a cell phone in
my hand? I’ll double park because I’m only running into the store for a
minute; what’s the chance that I’ll get a ticket?
By Dr. Daniel Diermeier,
IBM Professor of Regulation and Competitive Practice, Kellogg School of
Management, Northwestern University. This article was produced in
partnership with On Call International.
There are multiple types of travel risks with large potential
consequences for organizations. This makes traveler protection an
Types of Risk
Many organizational leaders think protecting travelers is as simple as
buying travel insurance to supplement their health insurance plans
already in place. Indeed, travel insurance is suitable for addressing direct financial risk if
self-insurance is not an option. Such financial risks include medical
costs for overseas treatment, emergency transportation, short- or
long-term housing, travelers’ documents (passport-related and other
fees), repatriation, and others. For example, the Chinese student who
was injured in the New Mexico motor vehicle accident required
air ambulance transportation, advanced life support, and a long hospital
stay, along with subsequent repatriation to China. This likely totaled
hundreds of thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses for the
family and/or the university (if adequate risk mitigation programs
weren’t in place). Covering these direct costs and providing travelers
with everything they need during an emergency requires not only
comprehensive international health insurance, but also additional
protection through travel risk management programs.
By Jordana Ross, ARM, CRM,
URMIA board member, board liaison to URMIA's Communications Committee,
and Risk Management and Insurance Specialist at Seattle Pacific
Welcome to the Communications Committee board corner report. My name
is Jordana Ross. I am newly elected to the URMIA Board of Directors and
serve as the Communications Committee liaison to the board. For the
past nine years, I have served as the risk management and insurance
specialist at Seattle Pacific University, a small private liberal arts
university in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I have been involved with
URMIA’s Communications Committee for a few years and had the pleasure
of serving as co-chair last year. Being a member of this committee has
been the greatest experience I have had so far in connecting with
colleagues at other institutions and remaining apprised of the trending
topics in higher education risk management and insurance.
Each year, URMIA hosts in-person regional and annual (national)
conferences around the country, as well as online webinars designed to
minimize your cost and time away from the office while maximizing your
educational and networking opportunities. Read on to learn about
URMIA's 2015 Regional Conference Series
, regional conference
scholarships, and submitting your 2015 Annual Conference presentation.
Each month, this article provides some of the latest risk management resources, as well as a calendar of upcoming events, webinars, conferences, and other learning opportunities in which you or your campus colleagues may be interested.
Help us welcome our newest members, and see what professional updates your colleagues have to share from the last month.